My current favourites for their softening, skin plumping ways, these four should work for all skintypes barring oily. They certainly do the trick on my dehydrated/combination mug, though I tend to follow with a micellar or toner.
Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty BalmThe scent, oh lordy, the scent! Incredibly pleasant to use, this 99% organic balm contains oils of rosehip seed , geranium flower, jojoba seed and frankincense, and makes my bathroom smell like a garden in bloom. At €48.40, it’s expensive but will last a long time, and can be used in several ways: as a cleanser, a mask or a treatment. There’s an explanatory leaflet with the best facial massage techniques to work the balm into the skin - plus, the cobalt blue jar is sheer class.
Ren No 1 Purity Cleansing BalmRen’s latest launch comprised a whopping six cleansers but, when offered my choice, I didn’t pause for a second. Luxurious and silky, this tube of rose-infused loveliness also contains camomile and pink violet leaf extracts to calm redness and soothe the skin.
The 100 ml tube is portable and hygienic and, at €28, it’s not eye-wateringly expensive, either ( but get it into your eyes and it’s a whole different story, so do make sure you avoid).
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing BalmI first experienced this rich and unctuous balm as part of a delicious treatment at the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway, and I was hooked. Lucky enough to take a jar away , I've reserved it for times when some serious pampering is required. While it's pricey at €56.50, it’s more justifiable when you consider it will last forever, removes every scrap of makeup and makes skin feel amazing. It would make somebody special the most fabulous gift.
So that’s my fab four in balm cleansers, but do tell; are there more I should add to my list?